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Pet project overwhelmed by generosity

PET FOOD ... South Tyneside Mayor, Coun Ernest Gibson, with Annmarie Byrne of Pets At Home  and just a small selection of the gifts to abandoned pets given by generous customers.

PET FOOD ... South Tyneside Mayor, Coun Ernest Gibson, with Annmarie Byrne of Pets At Home  and just a small selection of the gifts to abandoned pets given by generous customers.

A SOUTH Tyneside pet store has been left overwhelmed by people’s kindness towards abandoned animals.

Pets At Home in Station Road, South Shields, launched a festive appeal asking for donations of food.

Customers were also asked to give 50p to ensure that animals without a home received a meal over Christmas.

The appeal was supported by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson, who called into the shop to see the results of the generosity shown by borough folk.

Three trolleys filled with food were handed to the Brysons Animal Refuge in Gateshead and SHAK (Safe Homes and Kindness) dog rescue centre in Alnwick, Northumberland.

Adoption support champion for Pets At Home, Annmarie Byrne, said: “At this time of year people can struggle to buy their own children and pets presents, so we were over the moon with the response from our customers.”

As part of the Mayor’s visit, he was also told how the store has its own adoption support section to help find new homes for smaller animals who have been left abandoned and homeless.

Annmarie added: “We were pleased that the Mayor was able to visit the store, and help raise awareness of the precious work delivered across the North East in trying to re-house abandoned animals.

“Also, to highlight the aspect there are animals in kennels and shelters that would love to have a new owner, which is a thought for people who are looking to get a pet in the New Year.”

Coun Gibson said: “I thought it was important to not only highlight the generosity of South Tyneside residents in donating their tinned products and money to guarantee animals enjoy a good feed over Christmas, but also bring to the public’s attention the plight of some rescue animals who deserve another chance in life, by finding a new owner to care for them.”

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